Occupation: Grad Student and Sales Engineer
Location: Walnut Creek
Favorite Restaurant: Caffe La Scala
Reviewed Caffe La Scala: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It’s important to go into this dining experience with the right expectations. This is not a place to go for a nice lunch or dinner. This place is special… less for the food and more for the experience and the people. This place brings people together as everyone here knows each other. I, myself, have made many lasting friendships, business connections, study partners, and observed others coming together in the same way. This place is like an Italian Cheers within Walnut Creek. The music, atmosphere, and staff make it a one-and-only experience you can’t find anywhere else in the area.
You feel as though you are on a corner café in Italy. The desserts are flown in from Italy and taste as if they were made that morning. The cannoli is the best I have ever had, done the traditional way with a twist of orange rind on the outside, a thick crusty shell, and a decadent sweet inside filled with chocolate chips. The chai latte is smooth, nutty, a bit spicy, and just delightful. Need a little extra energy? Ask for it dirty and they will throw a shot of espresso in it for you. You can also sample the affogato: two scoops of gelato slathered with chocolate sauce and espresso then covered with whipped cream. This is the best place for a blind date or first date, or any business conversation. They have ample outdoor seating with fountains, and tons of tables inside.
On top of that, you have unlimited power outlets, free wireless internet, and they are open late so you can study as long as you want without the pressure of getting kicked out. The place is often filled with the aroma of whatever the cook is making that day. My favorite is the unbelievably delicious mushroom soup. It’s not creamy as one would expect, yet it reminds me of my dad’s homemade beef stroganoff. It’s so savory and rich and full of flavor, every bite leads to wanting more. It’s rustic, and you can taste the love it’s made with. I also love the chicken Caesar salad. The chicken is fresh and grilled to perfection with crispy charred edges giving a little bit of extra crunch. The dressing is not too tangy and cool and refreshing. The lettuce is always crisp, and they top it with plenty of crunchy croutons along with fresh delicious French bread slathered in butter.